Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pikes Peak

PIKES PEAK
(America's Mountain)

One of the main attractions in the Colorado Springs area is Pikes Peak, also known as "America's Mountain".

Pikes Peak, at an elevation of 14,110 feet, is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world. More than a half million people summit Pikes Peak every year.

There are 3 ways to reach the summit; by driving the Pikes Peak Highway, by taking the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or by hiking the Barr trail.

Three major events take place on Pikes Peak each year. The first event is the Pikes Peak Marathon takes place every August, a 26 mile round trip foot race up and down Barr Trail, which draws thousands of runners from all over the world.

The second event is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second oldest motor race in America, first raced in 1916 and where the Unser family got their start, is a race on the 12.42 mile gravel road.

The third event is the AdAmAn Club New Years Eve Fireworks Display. A group of mountaineers climb the icy slopes of the Barr Trail and ignite a glorious fireworks display at midnight to welcime in the New Year, a tradition since 1922.

Pikes Peak is famous for the song "America the Beautiful" written by Kathryn Lee Bates in 1893. After a trek to the summit of Pikes Peak she was so awed by the vast beauty at the summit she write a peom she titled "Pikes Peak". It was first published in the 4th of July church chronical "The Congressional" in 1895 and renamed "America". It grew in popularity and was put to music in 1910 bu Samuel A Ward and renamed "America the Beautiful". The song is one of the most beloved and popular American patriotic songs.

Rocky Mountain Lodge and Cabins is located at Pikes Peak in Cascade Colorado, just 6 miles west of Colorado Springs. We're right across the highway from the Pikes Peak toll road if you're going to drive up Pikes Peak, or here for any of the Pikes Peak events. Consider staying in one of our Cabin rentals or Bed and Breakfast Lodge, or rent the Lodge in its entirety for a family reunion or retreat. If you're here for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb your whole team can stay in the Lodge and you're just across the road from the Pikes Peak Highway. Come stay with us during your visit to Pikes Peak!

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